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On Sunday, August 5, the Coalition for Peace Action held its annual commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Princeton, NJ.

Over 90 people were in attendance! 

The Coalition hosted speaker Dr. Alex Wellerstein, who spoke on Reinventing Civil Defense. We also heard from poet David Steinberg, and from the Solidarity Singers. In addition, we had a guest appearance from members of the Agape March, who are walking from New York to DC to counter-protest white supremacist actions on August 12th. They spoke of their commitment to non-violence and love, and the struggles they have faced. 

Click here to watch a video of the event! 

In Doylestown, a dozen people braved a hot & humid evening on Monday, August 6, for a vigil. 

Princeton Photos: (see more here)

David Steinberg reads poetry to the crowd. Click here to read the poem he wrote for the event. 

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The Coalition for Peace Action supported and stood in solidarity with the Princeton Families Belong Together Rally, on June 30, 2018. The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice used our sound system to project their message to the crowd, and a CFPA board member spoke at the event. 

This rally was one of 750 co-occurring demonstrations, and was attended by over 800! See pictures below, and here

The Rev. Carol Haag speaks on behalf ot the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton. She is also a member of CFPA's board. 

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In Philadelphia, CFPA members attended a sister rally that was 4,000 strong!
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On June 10, 2018, CFPA held a multi-faith gathering at Nassau Presbyterian Church, preceding the summit between President Trump and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un.

50 attendees gathered for an hour-long multi-faith service for peace inside the church, then stepped outside for a candlelight vigil. Faith leaders from a wide range of congregations participated in this event, including:

  • The Rev. Carlton Branscomb, Pastor at First Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Dr. Dave Davis, Senior Pastor at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and President of Princeton Clergy Association 
  • The Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen, Pastor at Westminstor Presbyterian Church 
  • Avis Hofstad, First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • Salim Manzar, Muslim Faith Leader
  • Br. Chris McNabb, Trinity Episcopal Church 
  • The Rev. Robert Moore, United Church of Christ and Executive Director of Coalition for Peace Action 
  • The Rev. Bill Neely, Pastor at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
  • Beverly Owens, Music Director at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
  • Eberhard Wunderluch, Bahai's of Princeton 

See pictures below, and click here for more. 



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CFPA's annual membership dinner was held on June 3, and it was a great success! The event was held at the Princeton Theological Seminary and was attended by over 120 supporters. Jessica Lee did a fantastic job as keynote speaker, along with respondent Hyun Lee. Moms Demand Action, Faith Action, Brady Campaign/Million Mom March & Senator Cory Booker were all honorees at the event, and it was a wonderful way for the community to show our support! Thanks to those who attended our annual gathering, we look forward to seeing you all again next year. 

CFPA members enjoy a catered dinner before the program. 

Hanna Mori, Deputy State Director (center), accepts Senator Cory Booker's award from the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, and Darlene Mcknight, CFPA's former board chair. 

Keynote speaker Jessica Lee, interim Executive Director at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) spoke about Korean-American Dipolomacy and was followed by Hyun Lee, a Korean American activist and managing director of Zoom in Korea. 

Click here to see more photos on our Facebook Page!


 

On Tuesday, May 29th, CFPA co-sponsored and participated in a rally by the NJ Poor People's Campaign

For 40 days, the Poor People's Campaign is holding weekly rallies and direct actions. This week's theme was the war economy and the proliferation of gun violence. CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Robert Moore, gave an introductory speech for the rally. 

Click here to view Rev. Moore's speech

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On Monday, May 21st, around 75 gun violence prevention activists showed up to support and/or testify in favor of gun safety bills being heard by the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. In comparison, only one or two NRA supporters were there, and no one testified in opposition to the bills! 6 out of 7 of the bills passed through Committee. One was held for adjustments, but should proceed soon. 

The Rev. Robert Moore (left) testifies in support of all seven bills. 

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On May 9, 2018, CFPA held an emergency demonstration in Princeton, attended by 70, to oppose Trump's May 8th decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement. See more photos below. 

See video of the rally here.

Speakers included Rob Goldston, a Princeton University physicist who is an expert on the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Iranian American physician Ahmad Farzad; Frank von Hippel, professor emeritus of public and international affairs at Princeton University and former assistant director of the White House Science Advisor’s office; Mark Pepper, Coalition for Peace Action Treasurer; Niki VanAller, Assistant Director for the Coalition for Peace Action; and the Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action. Folk singer Sharleen Leahy performed at the rally.

See Frank von Hippel's speech here.

See Mark Pepper's remarks from a Jewish-American perspective here.

We urge all who are concerned about U.S. rushing headlong into war with Iran to click here to send a letter to the editor for your local news outlets. 

See flyer here with other vital action steps you can take to help peace have an impact on this dire situation. 

   
Left: Dr. Rob Goldston; Right: Dr. Frank von Hippel


 

On April 26, 2018, Coalition for Peace Action led a delegation of fifteen NJ and PA peace leaders and experts to meet with representatives in Congress. Such a strong showing of constituents who care about peace! Thanks to all who traveled with us or supported from home. 

The group met with staff members from the offices of Sen. Menendez, Sen. Booker, Sen. Casey, Rep. Dwight Evans (D - PA02), Rep. Leonard Lance (R - NJ07), and Rep. Frank Pallone (D - NJ06). We also met with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D - NJ12), in person - see photos below!

In the meetings, CFPA members emphasized the importance of speaking out for diplomacy with Korea, upholding the Iran Nuclear Agreement, resisting unncessary and costly nuclear "modernization," and ending U.S. involvement in humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen. 

CFPA delegation met with Rep. Watson Coleman (center)

CFPA delegation met with staff from Sen. Menendez 's office


 

On April 8, 2018, CFPA held its annual Membership Renewal and New Member Welcome Gathering. 

Andrew C. Weber, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, spoke to a crowd of 80 about US nuclear "modernization" and other current issues. 

Two local student leaders who organized gun violence prevention events were honored at our Gathering. 

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Andy Weber (at podium) answers audience questions. 

Dziyana getting awardDziyana Zubialevich accepts an award for outstanding peacemaking, from the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director. Dziyana initiated the March 24th Princeton March for Our Lives Rally, which had 4,000 attendees. Ben Bollinger, a freshman at Princeton University who started a campus gun violence prevention organization, was also honored in absentia. 


On April 4, 2018, a joint delegation of the Coalition for Peace Action and New Jersey Peace Action met with Sarah Arkin (front middle of picture), the Deputy Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, under the ranking member, Senator Menendez. The delegation discussed diplomacy in Yemen, North Korea, and Iran.

The delegation subsequently met with one of Senator Booker's staffers on the same issues. 


 

On Saturday, March 24, the Coalition for Peace Action was actively involved with several of the Marches for Our Lives. These rallies took place across the nation, standing with the survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, and calling for substantial gun safety reform. CFPA sent 70 people from Princeton to the D.C. March on charter buses, and co-sponsored the Princeton, Doylestown, and Philadelphia local events. 

Click here to see how you can keep the March for Our Lives momentum going!

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co-sponsored by CFPA, and featuring speaker Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director. Over 4,000 attended, making it the largest Princeton rally in at least 25 years!

(Photos by Anna Savoia)

March for Our Lives Princeton 2The Rev. Robert Moore speaks to crowd at Princeton's March for Our Lives, standing next to Ceasefire NJ's Legislative Director, Dolores Phillips. 

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co-sponsored by CFPA's BuxMont Chapter 

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"Thousands of Philadelphians and area students, parents, and friends marched on March 24th, as part of the 800+ cities where people marched for our lives, in solidarity with the Washington march that day. We all need to keep fighting for change. Go Philly Marchers!" - Ed Aguilar, for CFPA Pennsylvania 

 

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Rev. Bob Moore spoke to a crowd of 1,000 Saturday morning, before heading to the Princeton rally.


 

On Saturday, March 17, the Coalition for Peace Action participated in the 12th annual Mercer Green Fest to highlight our No Wars, No Warming campaign. 

Attendees at the Green Fest voted in our Penny Poll (pictured below) on how their federal tax dollars should be spent. At the end of the day, the poll showed that most people prioritized the environment, education, and healthcare. 

Click here to see where your tax dollars are actually going. 

 

"Gun Control Advocates Rally in Langhorne," by Christian Menmo, in Bucks County Courier Times, Feb. 17, 2018

"Friday’s rally was sponsored by several activist groups including the BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action and The Peace Center in Langhorne.

“There’s no quietness here,” said coalition organizer Cathy Leary, referencing the constant blare coming from car horns as passing drivers responded to the signs requesting they honk for support.

“Something has to be done,” Leary said. “At minimum I’d like to see universal background checks (prior to gun purchases). I personally would like to see an assault weapons ban. Children are dying. I support owning firearms. I’ve owned firearms, but this is a no-brainer. When the country didn’t have (assault rifles available) we didn’t have these mass shootings.”

Leary is also in favor of more specialized care for those suffering from mental illness, but she considers that is an entirely different conversation than “sensible, common sense” gun control when it comes to preventing these types of killings.

“What happens is they get intermixed and then nothing changes. Ever,” she added.

Kathey O’Brien, of Solebury, said she’s been outspoken on the issue since the 1980s.

“It’s getting worse and worse,” she said Friday. “Too many of our babies and children have died.”" (Click to read full article). 

Across the region, CFPA and co-sponsors held six successful events, with over 200 total participants, to support a Diplomatic Surge in Korea.

We have a very urgent need to keep up this surge of activism during the two month "window" of the Olympics and Paralympcs before the next round of US-South Korea military exercises in April. We urge all to help us keep up the momentum and support CFPA's Activist Surge for Diplomacy, Not War, in Korea, by clicking here.

Enjoy photos from our events!

Philadelphia Vigil in Support of the Olympic Truce:

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Langhorne Vigil:

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 Princeton Vigil: 

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Click here to see more photos from the Princeton vigil.

Sacred Heart Gathering for Peace and Justicewhere CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Bob Moore, spoke on Diplomacy, Not War, with Korea. (Click here to watch video of his talk: Part 1, Part 2).

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CFPA Director Rev. Bob Moore (center) was part of a January 26 press conference in Trenton with NJ Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney announcing new initiatives on gun violence prevention. Dolores Phillips, Legislative Director of CFPA's gun violence prevention project, Ceasefire NJ, was also present.

We're pleased to report that at the press conference pictured above, Gov. Murphy and his Attorney General announced that they are taking steps to restore the "justifiable need" criteria for getting a concealed carry gun permit in NJ.

That means that to qualify for getting such a permit, a person needs to show that they are facing a specific threat that necessitates them carrying a gun, e.g. a previous attack. It can't just be a general perceived threat of danger.

Previously, former Gov. Christie, had attempted to unilaterally loosen the criteria so anyone who perceived such a general threat would qualify to get a permit. This was strongly opposed by the NJ legislature, both by bills and a court challenge.

CFPA's Ceasefire NJ Project (CFNJ) had spearheaded citizen activism to oppose Christie's changes, including coordinating testimony against it at hearings held by the NJ State Police; and supporting legislation and court challenges against it. Special thanks to Dolores Phillips, and counsel Howard Moskowitz!

On Monday, January 15th, 2018, approximately 300 people from all backgrounds gathered at Princeton's First Baptist Church for the annual Multifaith Service to Commemorate and Honor the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The service was co-sponsored by CFPA and the Princeton Clergy Association, and the freewill offering benefited CFPA and United Negro College Fund.

Leaders from a range of faiths participated, including Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, United Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal, Baha'i, Christian Science, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, Jewish, and Muslim. CFPA's executive director, the Rev. Bob Moore, gave the sermon, speaking out on rejecting all forms of racism and bigotry, as well as militarism, while supporting the beloved community.

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(Click here to see more photos).

 

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On December 20, the Coalition for Peace Action's Ceasefire NJ Project co-led a 12 person delegation of gun violence prevention leaders from across the state with NJ State Senate Majority Leader Senator Loretta Weinberg (front, middle) to discuss gun violence prevention legislation.

Over 50 attended CFPA's annual Holiday Vigil, Potluck, and Program for Peace on Thursday, December 14 in Princeton.

Photos courtesy of John Lien.

Click here to see Facebook Album.

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The Candlelight Vigil for Diplomacy, Not War with North Korea was from 5:00-6:00pm at Palmer Square

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A wonderful potluck meal was enjoyed by attendees in the warm Assembly Room of Nassau Presbyterian Church

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David Brahinsky and Friends provided outstanding peace music

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Former fighter pilot and current CFPA member, Richard Moody, presents on his experience volunteering at a refugee camp for Syrian refugees

On Sunday, November 12, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held its 38th Annual Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace. The title of the afternoon Conference was The Challenges of Peace in the Trump Era and featured religious scholar Prof. Reza Aslan, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, NJ-12), U.N. Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez, Korea expert Prof. Suzy Kim, and Harvard Prof. Elaine Scarry. Over 500 people attended the morning Service and afternoon Conference. Please see photos below. Click here to read Prof. Reza Aslan's sermon from the Multifaith Service for Peace.

Photos courtesy of John Lien.

Click here to see Facebook Album.

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Prof. Reza Aslan addresses the crowd at CFPA's Conference for Peace.

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Hundreds gather for a Multifaith Service for Peace at the Princeton University Chapel.

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Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman discusses legislation to prevent nuclear war and an attack on North Korea.

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CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore discusses the organization's ongoing peace activism.

On Sunday, November 5, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held a rally for Diplomacy, Not War with North Korea and Iran in Hinds Plaza, Princeton. This rally coincided with nationally organzied events this week in support of diplomacy. Approximately 80 people attended, and speakers included:

  • David Brahinsky, a Princeton-based folk singer and philosophy professor
  • Kathy “Kip” Cherry, Co-Chair of CFPA’s Committee for Political Action
  • Prof. Rob Goldston, Princeton University physicist who worked closely with CFPA in advocating for the Iran Nuclear Agreement
  • Mike Helper, Princeton Citizen Scientists
  • Jeff Laurenti, former Executive Director, UN Association of the USA
  • Sharleen Leahey, a Somerset, NJ based folk singer
  • The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director of the Coalition for Peace Action
  • Romee St. John, Princeton Seminarians for a Just Peace
  • Prof. Shapoor Vali, Iranian American professor from Fordham

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Click here to see a Facebook album of the event.

Photos courtesy of John Lien

On Saturday, September 23, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held a rally in Tiger Park (Palmer Square, Princeton) for Diplomacy, Not War with North Korea. The crowd of approximately 50 held signs and chanted "Diplomacy Not War!" while they listened to talks by local leaders and scientists. Speakers included: Imam Qareeb Bashir of the Islamic Center of Ewing, CFPA Board Member Kathy "Kip" Cherry, CFPA Board Chair Irene Goldman, CFPA Board Member and Unitarian Universalist Minister Rev. Carol Haag, CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore, Princeton Councilman Tim Quinn, former Assistant Director of the White House Science Advisor's Office Frank von Hippel, and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.

Photos courtesy of John Lien.

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The crowd listens to Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.

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Princeton Councilman Tim Quinn addresses the crowd and urges our political leaders to "Make Diplomacy Great Again!"

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A rally participant holds a sign on Nassau Street.

Click here to see more photos on our Facebook

On Thursday, September 21, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) co-sponsored a vigil at St. Ann's Church in Lawrenceville. This event was held in honor of International Peace Day, and included local leaders from a variety of faiths. CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore spoke at the vigil, and reflected on the importance of action in the pursuit of peace. Approximately 100 people attended the service, which concluded with a candlelighting.

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CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore addresses the crowd in St. Ann's Church.

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The vigil ended with a candlelit prayer for peace.

On Wednesday, August 9 (the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city, Nagasaki) the Coalition for Peace Action held a film screening and vigil at the Princeton Public Library and Hinds Plaza. The evening began with a byo picnic dinner that featured music from the Solidarity Singers. Following the picnic, there was a screening of the film White Light, Black Rain in the Princeton Public Library Community Room. Participants then gathered in Hinds Plaza for a candlelight vigil and music from both the Solidarity Singers and flautist Glenn Swann. 

Attended by approximately 75 people, this event was particularly poingnant and timely given the current tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Please see photos below or click here for the Facebook album (photos courtesy of John Lien).

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The Solidarity Singers perform during the picnic.

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Attendees watch the film, White Light, Black Rain.

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The evening ends with a candlelight vigil.

On Thursday, July 13, a delegation from the Coalition for Peace Action traveled to Washington, D.C. to Lobby for peace issues. This group met with the staffs of Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Bob Menenedez (D-NJ), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ). In addition, the group met Sen. Casey and Reps. Smith, LoBiondo, and Watson-Coleman themselves. We also bumped into Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) who we stopped to ask for directions!

The topics discussed included the Markey-Lieu (Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons) Bill (S.1235/H.R. 2668), the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act, preservation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the National Defense Authorization Act, concerns over Saudi Arabian arms sales and the wars in Syria and Yemen, and opposition to the Concealed-Carry Reciprocity Act (S.466/H.R. 38).

The delegation received many positive responses and provided a wealth of knowledge during each meeting. It was a successful day! Click here for short reports from several of the attendees.

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CFPA PA Director Ed Aguilar (right) shakes hands with Sen. Bob Casey (PA).

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The delegation meets with Congresssional staffers.

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CFPA Board member Kip Cherry (right) meets Rep. Chris Smith (NJ).

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CFPA Members meet with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ).

On Thursday, June 29, Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore gave a talk on "Peace is Patriotic" at Stonebridge Assisted Living (Skillman, NJ). Bob spoke about making the USA a more peaceful and democratic country, and how we can be patriotic peacemakers. Approximately 30 people attended the talk and the question and answer session that followed. 

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